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Ingram Content Group

Ingram Content Group
Key people
Shawn Morin (CEO)
John R. Ingram (Chairman)
ServicesBook distribution

Ingram Content Group is a United States-based service provider to the book publishing industry based in La Vergne, Tennessee. It is a subsidiary of Ingram Industries.[1]

The company's daily activities are handled by Shawn Morin who serves as CEO. John R. Ingram serves as chairman of Ingram Content Group. He also serves as the Vice Chairman of Ingram Industries.


The Ingram Content Group was formed in 2009 as Ingram Lightning Group merged with Ingram Digital Group. Ingram Content Group’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram Digital, Lightning Source Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., and Tennessee Book Company LLC.[citation needed]

During 1999 and 2000, Ingram Industries negotiated a sale to Barnes & Noble which was ultimately withdrawn after pressure from independent bookstores and the American Booksellers Association.[2]

In June 2014, the company in conjunction with Hachette Book Group USA, and Perseus Books Group, announced a three-way deal whereby Hachette would buy Perseus and then sell that company's client services businesses to Ingram. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.[3]

On April 4, 2016, John Ingram stepped down as CEO, being replaced by Shawn Morin.[4]

In December 2018, it was reported Ingram Content extended an offer to purchase book distributor Baker & Taylor's retail wholesale business from their parent company, Follett. As a result, Ingram informed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the proposed deal, and a preliminary investigation was started. The FTC has contacted leading book retailers, Amazon, major and independent book publishers with help in determining the impact, if any, from the sale.[5]


The company has the industry's largest active book inventory with access to 7.5 million titles. The markets they serve include booksellers, librarians, educators and specialty retailers. Ingram employs approximately 3,000 people worldwide.[citation needed]

Ingram Content Group is used heavily throughout the United States as a major distributor for independent book stores. Ingram has warehouses in Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Indiana. They also operate a print on demand business under the Lightning Source brand with facilities in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, United Kingdom, France and Australia. The company also provides full service distribution including sales and marketing services via its Ingram Publisher Services division.[citation needed]

In addition to print distribution, Ingram also provides digital content services and distribution through CoreSource, VitalSource, and MyiLibrary.[citation needed]

In 2015, Ingram purchased which allows websites, in USA only, to sell books from the Ingram catalog.[6]

In June 2017, Ingram purchased Book Network International Limited, a book distributor based in Plymouth, U.K., from Rowman & Littlefield[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Ingram Industries - Company Description - Hoover's". Retrieved 2009-02-12.
  2. ^ Segal, David (June 3, 1999). "Barnes & Noble Drops Ingram Deal". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "Perseus Books Group being acquired by Hachette". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  4. ^ McGee, Jamie (April 4, 2016). "Ingram Content Group names Shawn Morin CEO". The Tennessean. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Milliot, Jim; Rosen, Judith (December 4, 2018). "Ingram In Rumored Bid to Buy B&T Retail Arm". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "Ingram Content Group Acquires". Ingram Content Group. December 15, 2015. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  7. ^ Snyder, Eric (June 30, 2017). "Ingram buys British distributor". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved August 11, 2017.

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